THE BOROUGH ELECTION.
OnThursday tile votingfor Borough Councillors to fill the'places of Messrs. Andrew Orr, George St. Hill; and Weymouth Roberts, whose, term in office had expired, took J place. The gentlemen whose services were placed at the disposal of ratepayers, and from Avhom a choice of three had to.be made were Messrs. St. Hill and Roberts (the old members), Messrs. Jolm Orr, and Ivess, and Dr. Trevor. The voting began at nine o’clock as usual, but there Avap jio stir Avhatever, and scarcely anything unusual that Avould have lead a stranger to the conclusion that an election Avas in progress. Only one cart, bearing an electioneering bill Avas to be seen, and that only at intervals. At seven o’clock the Returning Officer had counted up all the votes, and at that hour a fairish crowd of people. had assembled at the Borough Chambers to hear the
declaration of the poll, which the Returning Officer, Mr. Braddell, made,as follows :
Yotes. G. H. St. Hill ... ... 163 Joseph Ivess ... ... 117 Weymouth Roberts ... 109 John Orr ... 78 J. E. Trevor ... 76
Mr. Braddell, therefore, declared the first three gentlemen elected. (Loud cheers.) Mr. St. Hill then stood up on the doorstep of the Council Chamber, and said that the figures just read out were a convincing proof, Avhatever his detractors might say to the contrary, that he had met the approval of the ratepayers. Those figures, at least, Avere “ honest,” and there Avas nothing anonymous about them, even if the other figures weren’t honest, as had been said. (A voice—“ What about the fifties now?”) He had in the past done his duty faithfully and honestly, and it Avould be his endeavor still to follow out that policy. He would never alloiv himself to be influenced by any, clique w’hatover, hut Avould ahvaysact with independence for' the good of the Borough. He Avished them, however, to bear in mind, that they must not expect too much from the Council, as that body greatly Avanted what was indispensable to getting along Avell—viz., the “spondulax.” Good men Avore very valuable, but the “spoils'.” were the thing. He Avould again thank them for the honor they had clone him, which he valued very highly. (Cheers.) After cries for “ Ivess ” had been made, Mr. St. Hill in a few words returned thanks in Mr. Ivess’ name for that gentleman’s return, saying ho Avas in Wellington, and Avould thank them himself on his return.
Mr. Weymouth Roberts then came forAvard in response to loud calls. He said he couldn’t afford in these times to buy coals to “ get up steam,” so they mustn’t look for a speech. He didn’t deal in that sort of thing. He hoped they- would have no cause to complain of his conduct in the Council, for he Avould always do his best for the good of the Borough, and all the ratepayers, himself in particular. (Laughter). There was a hole in the ballad, and he could not go on with the song, so he Avould Avind up Avith thanks. (Renewed laughter).
Mr. Joliu Orr thanked the electors who had voted for him. He had not had much time at his disposal during the election period; possibly if he had been more at liberty the figures would have been very different, for he had not asked any votes. Had he been returned, he did not think the Council would have suffered a loss in intelligence, nor would it have been weakened in its power to attend to the Borough’s business. His great reason for coming forward was that he might have been able, had he been returned, to direct the Council’s endeavors towards the removal of many nuisances existing in the township, and very bad smells that arose in different parts of the Borough.. These had been so bad that medical men had told him they were able to trace deaths that occurred to the direct consequences of these nuisances. It had been made apparent to him that it was useless to speak to the Councillors on the subject, for the answer always was—What can we do ? He, however, thought that something could be done. The ratepayers seemed to be satisfied with the Council, and their vote? that day had shown that' they were. Doubtless the men chosen were good men, and he trusted they would not forget what he said regarding the sanitary state of the town. (Hear, hear). Dr. Trevor was the last speaker. He was certainly disappointed at the result of the voting—though, after all, there was very little reason for being surprised. He had come forward late in the, day, when nearly all the electors had been pledged to vote for others. Still he occupied no mean position when he obtained the support ho had done without any effort. He agreed in a great measure with Mr. Orr’s remarks regarding the sanitary state of the town, and hoped the Council would take notice of them. He was pleased to see the good feeling with which the election had been conducted, which was in marked contrast to the elections in many other Boroughs, where contesting a Council scat was so disagreeable an affair that it was difficult to get good men to come forward to serve the ratepayers. (Applause.) A vote of thanks having been passed to the Returning Officer, at the instance of Messrs St. Hill and Roberts, the proceedings closed.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 151, 11 September 1880
THE BOROUGH ELECTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 151, 11 September 1880
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